About the Position

Location

McPherson, KS

Essential Role

Provides dental assistance to complement the dentist’s role of delivering primary dental care services at GraceMed Health Clinic, Inc.

Salary

Dependent on Experience

Reporting Relationships

Reports to the Dental Manager

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Prepares the patient for treatment, obtains dental records and provides instruments and materials needed during treatment procedures
  • Obtains and/or reviews patient and family history in dental record
  • Chaperones and assists dentists during exams and procedures
  • Returns or receives patient phone calls during office hours; performs triage of patients by phone or in office, assesses dental needs of patient and coordinates appropriate care or interventions and refers to licensed staff or providers as indicated
  • Maintains and stocks exam rooms
  • Cleans and sterilizes equipment and instruments
  • Provides post-treatment and oral health care instruction as requested
  • Takes impressions for study casts, exposes radiographs, and processes dental x-ray film as directed by the dentist
  • Maintains clinical equipment and supplies
  • Performs direct patient care within the limits of his/her training and capabilities when the dentist is unavailable
  • Maintains patient confidentiality at all times
  • Assists in the development and documentation of protocols related to his/her job functions

Experience & Qualifications

Education & Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent required
  • Graduation from an accredited Dental Assistant vocational program preferred
  • Previous dental office experience preferred
  • CPR certification required (must be obtained within 30 days of employment)
  • Previous dental office experience preferred
  • Previous FQHC or public health clinic experience preferred
  • Spanish bilingual preferred

Qualifications

  • Must possess a thorough knowledge of modern office practices, procedures, and equipment, including computers, copiers, and other standard office equipment
  • Ability to work independently, organize, monitor, and adjust work as necessary to ensure accuracy and timeliness
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and solve problems
  • Able to provide innovative input into the development of the office and its processes
  • Ability to strongly embrace and personify the mission and values of GraceMed with socio-economic and cultural sensitivity in mind
  • Must display good verbal and written communication skills, and be able to professionally receive and follow oral instructions
  • Compassion for patients, family members, and others; along with a nurturing spirit to provide care during stressful situations
  • Understands ethics of confidentiality

Work Environment & Schedule

Working Conditions

Dental office environment. Ability to sit and/or stand for long periods of time. Bending, stooping, and lifting (up to 50lbs.) may be required. Interaction with physicians, patients and other office personnel. May involve contact with angry, upset or ill persons. May involve potential exposure to blood and body fluids and other hazardous substances. Must have visual acuity and manual dexterity to interface with computer. Must have auditory acuity to handle phone calls.

Work Schedule

Normal schedule is Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm., schedule may vary.

The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria considered necessary to successfully perform the job.

Confidentiality

As an employee of GraceMed Health Clinic, Inc., you are bound by principles of medical ethics. You have both a legal and moral obligation to protect the privacy of our patients. In the course of your work, you will have access to confidential information regarding patients, and/or the practices’ confidential business. It is essential that you refrain from any discussions regarding personal information about a patient, a patient’s condition, a patient’s finances, proprietary company information, and/or the practices’ confidential business with any third person. This includes, but is not limited to, other employees, your spouse, family or friends. 

Confidentiality is so important that any breach of this policy will be considered grounds for termination. Review and signature of the Agreement is a condition of employment. Successful skills testing, drug screening, and a background check are required for employment.

How to Apply

To apply, send your resume to Whitney Heinen at wheinen@gracemed.org, or you may mail it to GraceMed HR, 1122 N. Topeka St., Wichita, KS  67214.